Railway and yard locomotive engineers (NOC 7361)

High opportunity occupation

About this job

Railway locomotive engineers:

  • operate railway locomotives to transport passengers and freight
  • work for railway transport companies.

Yard locomotive engineers:

  • operate locomotives within yards of railway, industrial or other establishments
  • work for railway transport companies and industrial or commercial users of rail transport
Common job titles
  • engineer, freight train
  • engineer, industrial locomotive
  • engineer, railway


Railway locomotive engineers:

  • operate locomotives to transport passengers and freight on railways
  • run communication systems to communicate with train crews and traffic controllers to make sure the operation and scheduling of trains is done safely
  • inspect assigned locomotives and test operating controls and equipment

Yard locomotive engineers:

  • operate locomotives to switch, couple and uncouple cars for loading and unloading
  • perform switching operations according to written switching orders or dispatched instructions
  • inspect locomotives, replenish fuel or perform routine maintenance on locomotives

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place outdoors so workers may be exposed to various weather conditions.
  • Work also takes place in locomotives.
  • Work may involve back and forth or fluctuating movements of the body.
  • The workplace may be noisy enough to affect hearing.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Movement between railway transport companies or between establishments employing locomotive engineers may be limited due to seniority provisions of collective agreements.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.